Saturday, May 13, 2017

Frank Stewart is outed as defender of Confederate monuments in New Orleans and isn't happy about it.

If you are wondering why the Confederate monuments stay up in Baltimore you would do well to study New Orleans. Many there were surprised when local historical societies and preservationists defended the Confederate monuments there.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy provide the show of sentimental nostalgia, but there is another force keeping Confederate flags in place -- rich white people who donate money to organizations and political campaigns.

In fact the fight over Confederate monuments reveals how peoples' cities are really run.

Frank Stewart was a very rich individual who contributes money to philanthropies. He also was a strong supporter of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu named him publicly and Stewart was quite angry about it.

Landrieu made an apology, but the damage to Stewart's reputation has been done both with Landrieu's statement and Stewart's own reaction to it.

The above article notes that Frank Stewart is still defending the Confederate monuments.

So Landrieu can say that he apologized and the episode is over for him, but Stewart is revealed as who he really is, a person who defends Confederate monuments.

This is a warning to rich white banal nationalists and other Confederate monument supporters in other towns, you might have your face front and center before the public as a supporter of Confederate monuments. You might babble things, you might parade African Americans that support you, but it will be to no avail.

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